Titles are available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome to any group. Registration is not required, unless noted.
1st Tuesday* of the Month at 1pm (*unless otherwise noted)
This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]
This year’s theme is “Armchair Adventures!”: Travel the world, into alternate realities, back in time, into the future, and into worlds not yet created–all from the comfort of your favorite reading spot.
- September 10*, 2019: Us by David Nicholls (419 p., 2014)
- October 1, 2019: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (374 p., 2001)
- November 5, 2019: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (416 p., 2015)
- December 3, 2019: Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson (NF, 380p., 2015)
- January 7, 2020: The Forever War by Joe W. Haldeman (264 p., 2009)
- February 4, 2020: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (400 p., 2008)
- March 3, 2020: The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy (NF, 229 p., 2017)
- April 7, 2020: Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhader (360 p., 2018)
- May 5, 2020: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (325 p., 2013)
- June 2, 2020: Afternoon Tea and Book Swap (location TBD)
2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm
Spend an enjoyable evening at the Norfolk Public Library with people who share similar interests and are passionate about reading. Formerly the History Book Discussion Group, this participant-run adult discussion group focuses on non-fiction selections, with some historical fiction titles thrown in, that are of both historical and contemporary interest. New members are always welcome to attend. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.
This group typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. This group runs September through June.
For more information contact: Jane Hoffman, [email protected]
September 12, 2019: The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, by Jon Meacham
3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm
Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.
For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal [email protected]
The new 2019 Great Decisions book is available at the circulation desk.
Read It and Eat It
Every 6 weeks at 7pm. Registration is required. Please check the calendar for specific dates.
Join others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some of today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Although bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Check the event calendar for specific dates. Titles will be available at the circulation desk weeks ahead of the meeting. For more information contact Sarah Ward, [email protected]
Taste of Poetry
1st Tuesday* of the month at 11:30am (*Unless otherwise noted)
Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]
- *September 10, 2019: Philip Larkin
- October 1, 2019: Margaret Atwood
- November 5, 2019: Mark Doty
- December 3, 2019: Marge Piercy
- January 7, 2020: T. S. Eliot
- February 4, 2020: Julia Alvarez
- March 3, 2020: Matthew Arnold
- April 7, 2020: Robert Browning
- May 5, 2020: Dorothy Parker
- June 2, 2020: Langston Hughes
YA Book Club for Adults
Are you an adult who still enjoys the drama and angst of teenage life? Then this book club is for you! Join fellow YA lovers at a local restaurant on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss young adult literature. Registration is required, click on the date to register. Please note this group does not meet at the library! For more information please contact Libby O’Neill, [email protected].
Location: Eagle Brook Saloon, 258 Dedham St.
While the library can provide the books, your drinks and food are on you!
September 4th: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
October 2nd: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
November 6th: Title TBD